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The latest pieces from MENASource:

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Repairing Iraq’s relations with the United States

Partners for mutual or overlapping national security objectives, like the governments in Baghdad and Washington, need a sustained dialogue.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Consequences of Iraq’s vote to end Coalition troop presence

The parliament’s vote on January 5 was driven by emotional rhetoric of sovereignty and patriotism that left no space for dissent and implicitly accused anyone going against the current of betraying Iraq’s sovereignty. The vote displayed majoritarian rule at its worst with the underlying premise that the Shia religious groups can and will determine the interests of Iraq and determine its future, to the exclusion of other communities. The views of Kurds and Sunnis, and indeed of more secular Shia groups, were ignored, with the implication that their patriotism is suspect.

MENASource by Rend Al-Rahim

Conflict Iraq

Fri, Jan 10, 2020

Reverberations from Soleimani death requires vigilance in NYC

NYC has been an iconic target for potential terrorist attacks as it is seen as the ultimate symbol of American power. After Soleimani, it is with high confidence that the threat of retaliation by Hezbollah in New York City is seen as a genuine threat which must be treated with extreme vigilance.

MENASource by Mitchell Silber and Ioan Pop

Extremism Intelligence

Experts

Content

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Charai in The National Interest: How to keep Libya from collapsing into chaos

In the News by Atlantic Council

Libya Middle East

Tue, Jan 21, 2020

Repairing Iraq’s relations with the United States

Partners for mutual or overlapping national security objectives, like the governments in Baghdad and Washington, need a sustained dialogue.

MENASource by David Mack

Iraq Middle East

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Berlin conference: The end of the game?

The upcoming conference could result in the acceptance by all of Haftar’s future role in Libya and the legitimization of his attack against Tripoli. The Berlin conference could be a trap for the GNA, the courageous fighters of Tripoli, and the population of western Libya.

New Atlanticist by Karim Mezran

Conflict Libya

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

Khamenei’s rare sermon shows Tehran’s continued defiance

Khameinei's January 17 speech shows that "those placing hopes in recent protests in Iran to shake—or even overturn—the system underestimate its power and ruthlessness," Barbara Slavin explains.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

Conflict Iran

Fri, Jan 17, 2020

To help the Iranian people, reverse tech sanctions ASAP

US sanctions were a gift to the Iranian government. As a result of the sanctions, the Iranian government was able to build its national intranet despite massive public disapproval.

IranSource by Azin Mohajerin

Iran Technology & Innovation

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Slavin joins CBS to discuss consequences of the death of Soleimani

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Middle East

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Consequences of Iraq’s vote to end Coalition troop presence

The parliament’s vote on January 5 was driven by emotional rhetoric of sovereignty and patriotism that left no space for dissent and implicitly accused anyone going against the current of betraying Iraq’s sovereignty. The vote displayed majoritarian rule at its worst with the underlying premise that the Shia religious groups can and will determine the interests of Iraq and determine its future, to the exclusion of other communities. The views of Kurds and Sunnis, and indeed of more secular Shia groups, were ignored, with the implication that their patriotism is suspect.

MENASource by Rend Al-Rahim

Conflict Iraq

Thu, Jan 16, 2020

Carmiel Arbit, previously director for strategic engagement at AIPAC, joins Atlantic Council as nonresident senior fellow

Washington, DC—The Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs today announced the addition of Carmiel Arbit as a nonresident senior fellow. During her fellowship, Carmiel will focus on US-Israel relations, the peace process, and Israeli and Palestinian politics. “Carmiel brings to the Atlantic Council her unique blend of deep expertise in Israel and the wider Middle East,” […]

Press Release by Atlantic Council

Israel Middle East

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

Vershbow joins Aljazeera to discuss NATO in the Middle East

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East NATO

Wed, Jan 15, 2020

El-Gamal in The Atlantic: ‘Muslim’ Is Not an Insult

In the News by Atlantic Council

Middle East Politics & Diplomacy